Pat Bradley (golfer)

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Pat Bradley
Personal Information
Birth (1951-03-24) March 24, 1951 (age 67) Westford, Massachusetts, USA
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.676 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Westford, Massachusetts, USA
College Florida International University
Turned Pro 1974
LPGA wins 31
Career earnings $5,755,951
Best Results in Major Championships
Kraft Nabisco Won 1986
LPGA Championship Won 1986
U.S. Women's Open Won 1981
du Maurier Classic Won 1980, 1985, 1986
Player of the Year
1986, 1991
LPGA Vare Trophy 1986, 1991
Money Winner
1986, 1991
Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year 1986
Elected to World Golf Hall of Fame 1991
LPGA William and Mousie Powell Award 1991
LPGA Patty Berg Award 2001

Pat Bradley (born March 24, 1951, in Westford, Massachusetts) is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1974 and won six major championships and thirty-one LPGA Tour victories in all.

Amateur career

Bradley won the New Hampshire Amateur in 1967 and 1969 and the New England Amateur from 1972-73. As a member of the Florida International University golf team, Bradley was named an All-American in 1970. She tied for 12th as an amateur at the 1973 Burdine’s Invitational on the LPGA Tour[1].

Professional career

Bradley joined the LPGA Tour in 1974 and got her first win at the Girl Talk Classic in 1976 (she also finished second six times that year). Her breakout year was 1978, when she won three times. Bradley's most fertile years came in the early to mid 1980s. She led the LPGA in wins in 1983 (4) and 1986 (5). Her first major came at the 1980 Peter Jackson Classic, then she added the 1981 U.S. Women's Open and 1985 du Maurier Classic[1].

In 1986, she won three of the four LPGA majors - the du Maurier Classic, Nabisco Dinah Shore, and LPGA Championship. She finished fifth in the U.S. Women's Open. She won the money title and Vare Trophy that year, as well. In 1988, Bradley was diagnosed with Graves Disease. She played 17 tournaments, but made the cut in only eight. But she returned to form in 1989, winning once. Three more wins followed in 1990[1].

In 1991, Bradley won four times, and captured her second money and scoring titles, and also was named LPGA Tour Player of the Year for a second time. She was also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. A New York Times survey of other LPGA Tour players published July 22, 1992 ranked Bradley as the tour's best long putter and best course manager as well as the best player on tour. The last of her LPGA victories came in 1995. Sports psychologist Bob Rotella wrote in his 1996 book Golf Is a Game of Confidence that Bradley was the most mentally tough athlete he knew. She won a total of thirty-one tournaments on the LPGA Tour[1]. She was the third woman, behind Mickey Wright and Louise Suggs, to have completed the LPGA "Career Grand Slam"[2].

LPGA Tour wins (31)

LPGA Majors are shown in bold.

Other wins

Results in LPGA Majors

Tournament 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
Kraft Nabisco Championship ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
LPGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T22 T26 DNP T2 T54 T10 T15
U.S. Women's Open CUT DNP DNP DNP T15 T17 T4 T12 T26 T16
du Maurier Classic ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... T19 1
Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Kraft Nabisco Championship ... ... T15 2 6 1 3 T74 T6 T9
LPGA Championship T24 T12 T6 T2 T3 1 T21 DNP T4 T9
U.S. Women's Open 1 T21 T8 T13 T12 T5 CUT CUT T3 T9
du Maurier Classic T2 T38 T5 T19 1 1 T25 T39 T2 T8
Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Kraft Nabisco Championship T3 T17 T12 T19 T16 T23 T35 T42 T13 CUT
LPGA Championship T2 T15 CUT T3 T8 T51 T11 T44 65 T23
U.S. Women's Open 2 T29 T4 T25 T3 T3 T28 T46 DNP CUT
du Maurier Classic T23 DNP CUT T52 CUT T53 CUT CUT T66 T33
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP DNP 77 CUT CUT DNP DNP
Women's British Open ^ DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
DNP = did not play.
CUT = missed the half-way cut.
"T" = tied
WD = withdrew
DQ = disqualified
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.

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